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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

How To Beat Zhuyan In Wo Long

Jacob Woodward

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is meant to test your weapon skill, parry timing, and most importantly, your patience. If you managed to make it past the first boss, and that may not be too many of you, the ‘fun’ doesn’t stop there.

Up next to your delight is another pretty tough boss that you may need to switch up your playstyle to beat. This boss is Zhuyan, the first boss encounter in mission 2 of the game, and if you’re having issues, we’re going to be detailing some strategies for how to beat him in this guide.

Zhuyan Wo Long: How To Beat

If you haven’t actually started the boss fight as of yet, let’s give you a quick rundown of what you’re going to be expecting of Zhuyan.

Zhuyan in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

Zhuyan is essentially a demon gorilla who’s moveset certainly showcases its primate origins. It leads using its giant arms and fists, looking to either bat you away or crush you into the ground until there is little more than blood on the field. Its main Fatal Blow attack however utilizes its feet for devastating power with a much longer windup than that of its usual attacks.

Now, moving to how to exploit these and beat Zhuyan, there are a few ways in which you can do this.

First off, let’s take care of those standard swiping fist attacks. These are pretty easy to deflect, and is something you should definitely aim to do. The timing is the same each time and you’ll need to hit that parry button as the arm swings toward you, simple enough. This will not only mitigate any damage you’ll receive, you will also start lowering Zhuyan’s Spirit Gauge, making it much more vulnerable to a stagger.

Deflecting the swiping fist attacks

Next, let’s talk about countering its go to Fatal Blow attack. Contrary to the first boss in the game, Zhang Liang, Zhuyan’s Fatal Blow with its feet is incredibly easy to parry. This is because again, like its standard fist attacks, it telegraphs this and allows you a bunch of time to prep and deflect, a rarity somewhat in Wo Long. Even if you’re shaky with parrying, this attack should be pretty simple to grasp. What this will do is not only allow you to perform your own Fatal Blow when its fatigued, but also potentially give you time to heal up if need be.

Deflecting the incoming Zhuyan Fatal Blow

Using these two methods of dealing with Zhuyan’s consistent attacks will enable you to hopefully allow you to save those Dragon Cure Pots for later in the battle and whittle its health down. Thankfully, there is no real second phase in this fight, so it doesn’t really change as you progress.

As for general tips for how to beat Zhuyan, we recommend a couple of different things. The first of these is to utilise your ally as much as possible. By this we mean you can run around the battlefield, maybe dodging as you go, and leaving a gap between you and Zhuyan, this will give you the opportunity to breathe a little while your ally takes the boss’ focus and doing some damage at the same time. You’ll be able to get some heals off if need be, but more importantly, you can get a Lightning Wizardry Spell off to keep the damage flowing.

Using a lightning Wizardy Spell thanks to the Ally taking the focus shortly

The second tip we have is to take advantage of the Burial Flags that will be scattered not far from the boss arena. This will give you a temporary Morale Rank boost that could be crucial in the early stages of the fight, allowing you to get a little extra damage done. While this won’t last the duration of the Zhuyan battle, you’ll at least get some gains.

Our third, and final tip for beating Zhuyan is to use a faster style weapon, and certainly not a Hammer. What we recommend here is something like a Sword or even a Glaive if you really need to, as getting those repeat attacks going here in the slightly larger window is key.

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  • Publisher
    Koei Tecmo
  • Platforms,
    PS4, PS5, Steam, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    1 March 2023
  • Last Updated
    21 March 2023
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A dark fantasy set during the Three Kingdoms period. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is the follow-up game to the much acclaimed Nioh Series developed by Team Ninja. Wo Long promises to be more accessible than what Nioh was giving the players aid during the missions with the help of the Reinforcement companions system. This guide will cover everything you need to know about Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty including the following:

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